Soren Baker

Soren Baker is an American journalist who has spent his career covering hip-hop. Best known for his six years as one of the main editors of The Source,[1] Baker has had more than 3,500 articles published in such publications as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times,[2] Chicago Tribune,[3] XXL, The Source, HipHopDX and

Soren Baker
EducationXavier University
OccupationJournalist, Hip-Hop & Rap Writer, Author, Director, Producer, Screenwriter
WebsiteUnique Access Ent.

The Maryland native has penned liner notes for albums by 2Pac, Ice Cube, N.W.A, Gang Starr and others.[4][5] He has also worked on television programs for VH1 and Fuse. Baker has also written extensively about sports, specifically the NFL and published books about the Baltimore Ravens. Baker has written, produced and directed multiple DVDs including Tech N9ne: The Psychumentary.[6] From 2014-2016 he also co-hosted Open Bar Radio with Xzibit on KDAY in Los Angeles.[7]

Baker has been interviewed multiple times, including by Rolling Stone,[8] ESPN,[9] and TV One,[10] among others. From 2013 to 2016 he served as the news editor of HipHopDX.[11] In March 2016 he founded Unique Access Entertainment[12] which delivers original, exclusive video content with A-List entertainers, including MC Ren, Nice & Smooth, G Perico, T. Rodgers, MC Eiht, Skeme, Dana Dane, CJ Mac, Big Tray Deee, RBX, Mitchy Slick, and Slink Johnson. The network has aired more than 270 videos.[13]

Soren Baker's book The History Of Gangster Rap: From Schoolly D to Kendrick Lamar, the Rise of a Great American Art form[14] was published October 2, 2018 by Abrams Books.


Baker has authored or co-authored more than 10 books.

  • Baker, Soren (June 7, 2011). I’m The White Guy – The Tech N9ne Edition. Takoma Ridge Media. ISBN 0983638217.
  • Baker, Soren (August 1, 2011). I’m The White Guy – The Jay-Z Edition. Takoma Ridge Media. ISBN 098363825X.
  • Game., Baker, Soren (August 26, 2011). The Making of Game's The R.E.D Album. Takoma Ridge Media. ISBN 0983638276.
  • Glasses Malone., Baker, Soren (September 6, 2011). The Making Of Glasses Malone's Beach Cruiser. Greenwood Hill Press. ISBN 0983638292.
  • Young Bleed., Baker, Soren (October 17, 2011). The Making of Young Bleed's Preserved. Takoma Ridge Media. ISBN 0979786819.
  • Murs., Baker, Soren (January 12, 2012). The Making Of Murs' Love & Rockets Vol 1 The Transformation. Takoma Ridge Media. ISBN 0979786835.
  • Baker, Soren (March 1, 2012). “One Catch Away : The Story of the 2011 Baltimore Ravens”. Takoma Ridge Media. ISBN 0979786851.
  • Gobeille, Todd., Baker, Soren (March 5, 2012). My Journey Home: How I Went From Pimping and Drug Pushing To Peace and Positivity. BakerGobeille Books. ISBN 0615613330.
  • Baker, Soren (June 22, 2012). The Music Library: The History of Rap and Hip-Hop. Lucent. ISBN 1420508229.
  • Baker, Soren (April 17, 2013). I’m The White Guy – The Snoop Dogg Edition. Takoma Ridge Media. ISBN 0984691278.
  • Baker, Soren (October 2, 2018). The History Of Gangster Rap: From Schoolly D to Kendrick Lamar, the Rise of a Great American Art form. Abrams Books. ISBN 1419729152.